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The addition of Chinese shipping giant COSCO now brings the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling at Liverpool Port where above containership Jork is seen on the Mersey.
#ports&shipping - On the Irish Sea the Port of Liverpool now has the world’s top five shipping lines all now calling on Merseyside following confirmation that Chinese giant COSCO Shipping is to ship via the port. COSCO (Chinese Ocean Shipping…
The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new visitor centre, restaurant and gallery at Greenock Ocean Terminal.
Plans have been approved for an iconic building on the banks of the Clyde at Greenock in the North Channel of the Irish Sea to welcome cruise ship passengers. The plans, approved this month by Inverclyde planning board, are for a new…
The new RS21 keelboat is prepared for launching on Belfast Lough on Sunday
Sunday saw the first time that the brand new RS21 keelboat hit the water in Ireland with opportunities this month to get sailing on this exciting design. The Northern Ireland RS agent - Bosun Bob's brought the asymmetric keelboat over…
St Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick city will host the free concert on Friday 3 May and a special ecumenical prayer service on Sunday 5 May
The Church of Ireland in Limerick city will be celebrating the traditions and legacy of Ireland’s inland waterways through story and song with a special free concert at St Mary’s Cathedral from 8pm on Friday 3 May. Radharc na hAbhann…
Cars on the uppermost vehicle deck of Brittany Ferries Armorique while approaching a linkspan at the busy UK port of Portsmouth where routes connect France and Spain. In addition AFLOAT adds the domestic services to the Isle of Wight.
#ferries - Only 10% has been put up by the Government of the cost of contingency plans being set up to avoid major disruption at one of the UK’s main cross-Channel ports in the case of a no-deal Brexit. As…
The Port Centre, Dublin Port and the stern of cruiseship Aegean Odyssey docked at the North Wall Quay Extension.
#cruiseliners - Independent.ie reports in a reduction in the number of cruise ships entering Dublin Port will cause considerable damage to the tourism sector on the island of Ireland, the leader of the DUP has warned. It is understood that…
T Burke II is a Wildcat 40 vessel and one of 19 built by Safehaven and in service worldwide
Bord Iascaigh Mhara has acquired a new inshore survey vessel for monitoring the state of mussel bed stocks on the south-west and east Irish coastlines. The 12m-long survey vessel, named T Burke II, was built by Cork company Safehaven Marine.…
Cork Harbour yachts will race against Dunmore East rivals, such as Robert Marchant’s yellow–hulled Fulmar 32 Fulmar Fever from Waterford Harbour SC, when they compete in a new Coastal Race to dominate the June Bank Holiday Weekend
Cork Harbour sailors are being offered a different opportunity this season – to turn left rather than right when they leave Roches’ Point at the mouth of the harbour… This will be a new departure for Cork Harbour boats. Apart…
Conor Doyle's X-50 Freya is third in class one on IRC and ECHO. Scroll down for photo gallery
Kinsale Yacht Club's Matthews Centre and Helly Hansen Spring Series is led by Denis Murphy's Nieulargo on IRC and ECHO after today's first race in breeze writes Dave O'Sullivan. The committee boat, White Tiger, anchored with difficulty just south of Bulman…
Dublin Bay & Bullock Harbour, Dalkey, where in the next few weeks repairs are due to be completed to displaced granite blocks damaged at the main pier during Storm Emma a year ago. In addition at the pier's inner corner (foreground) which has been subsiding progressively is liable to collapse due to scouring caused by eddy currents. As a precaution blocks have been numerically coded to facilitate rebuilding process and it hoped works will be completed before the summer season.
#dublinbay - As part of the Bullock Harbour Bicentenary lecture series to mark and celebrate the construction of the small scenic south Dublin Bay harbour in Dalkey, a panel discussion will focus on the Bay itself.  The Bullock Harbour Preservation…
Rosslare port is the closest, geographically speaking, to mainland Europe. AFLOAT adds the busy scene of the south-east ferryport taken in January features: Stena Europe (on left) currently undergoing extensive refit work in a dry-dock in Turkey. Taking its place on the Fishguard route is Stena Nordica (on right) having stood in previously on the Cherbourg route while Stena Horizon (not in photo) was away also providing winter dry-dock relief of fleetmates on north Irish Sea routes. In the centre is freight-only ferry Stena Forerunner redeployed from Belfast-Birkenhead (Liverpool) to undertake a 'once-off' round trip on the French service.
#ferries - As RTE reports here's something you don't hear everyday, especially from someone involved in the Irish transport industry. "Brexit, we believe, will bring opportunities." The man uttering these words is Glenn Carr, the general manager of Rosslare Europort. It…
Customs officers will be providing information to truck drivers in the ports of Dublin and Rosslare to ensure they understand the changes that Brexit will mean for their journeys. Above: AFLOAT adds is Irish Ferries Isle of Inishmore which operates between the Wexford port and the UK through Pembroke in south Wales.
#irishports - The Revenue Commissioners, reports RTE News, is to start providing key Brexit advice for transport companies and their drivers who are transporting goods to, from or through the UK after Brexit. Revenue said the information will be vital…
Extensive archive footage is used in the Titanic documentary to be aired next week by TG4
Collective shame about the Titanic’s sinking, accounts by survivors, Belfast shipyard Harland and Wolff’s role, and fears by some local politicians some decades later of a “Dublin-based developer” coming to “rape and pillage” are among themes explored in a documentary…
Canoes and Kayakers at Seafest
SeaFest and Cork Harbour Festival are coming together for Ireland’s biggest maritime celebration, which will take place in Cork this June. Cork City Council and the Inter-Departmental Marine Coordination Group (MCG) present SeaFest, a national free and family friendly maritime…
On Dublin Bay: Irish Ferries Ulysses heads for Holyhead while in-bound is the Isle of Man Steam Packet's 96m fastcraft Manannan which yesterday conducted berthing trials including intriguingly at the 'Brexit-Busters' (freight-only) berth linkspan in Dublin Port. Otherwise the car-carrying catamaran craft normally uses the port's busiest passenger ferry facility at Terminal 1.
#ferries - The Isle of Man Steam Packet's fastcraft Manannan arrived to Dublin Port yesterday to carry out berthing trials against the backdrop of port capacity restrictions and challenges posed by Brexit, writes Jehan Ashmore. Prior to entering the port…
Carrigaloe of the River Lee car-ferry service AFLOAT adds trades as Cross River Ferries connecting Glenbrook and Carrigaloe (near Cobh on Great Island). The pair of former Scottish serving Isle of Skye ferries became redundant following the completion of a fixed link with the building of a road-bridge and since 1993 the ferries have run on the Irish service involving a short 4-minute hop across the Lee.
#ferries - Owners of the River Lee car ferry service in Cork harbour, the Irish Examiner reports, have told Cork County Council they don't believe it's economically viable to put on a second ferry at peak evening times. Doyle Shipping…

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